Back Bay Harry’s (142 Berkeley St., Back Bay, Boston) is closing on September 24 to be revamped into Citrus & Salt, a restaurant focused on coastal Mexican cuisine by chef Jason Santos.
Santos — the blue-haired Hell’s Kitchen alum who is also behind Abby Lane, the recently opened Buttermilk & Bourbon, and Back Bay Harry’s — wants to increase his “focus on targeted concepts” like Buttermilk & Bourbon, according to a press release. Back Bay Harry’s, which opened almost four years ago, has a broader focus on comfort food, serving classics such as chowder, burgers, steak tips, and nachos. Buttermilk & Bourbon, on the hand, has a specifically New Orleans-inspired vibe.
Citrus & Salt is slated to open in the late fall or early winter, featuring a colorful interior with a living wall; wood floors covered with painted flowers; string lights; and private dining and bar areas. Erica and Mike Diskin of Assembly Design are designing the space. (They’ve also worked on Loco Taqueria, Lincoln Tavern, and other local spots.)
The restaurant will be more than just a casual sibling of Buttermilk & Bourbon: Many of the dishes at Citrus & Salt will be Latin American-inspired twists on specific Buttermilk & Bourbon menu items. Diners can expect to see dishes such as crab and cactus chowder (oyster chowder at Buttermilk); blue cornmeal agave biscuits with lime honey butter (honey-glazed biscuits with smoked cinnamon butter at Buttermilk); and black bean hummus (boiled peanut hummus at Buttermilk); as well as tropical soft-serve ice cream (rotating flavors at Buttermilk, served with salted pretzel cones).
Abby Lane’s general manager Colleen Hagerty is the front-of-house partner for Citrus & Salt.
Stay tuned for updates as the opening gets closer, and say goodbye to Back Bay Harry’s over the next couple of weeks.